Many knitters enjoy knitting for charity, but if you've never done it before you may not know where to start. Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Charity Guide for Knitters highlights 14 different charities that can use your knit items, as well as offering 18 patterns perfect for charity knitting.
Helping Those in Need
The book begins with one-page profiles of 14 different charities that accept knit items. Many of them you've probably heard of, but some may be unfamiliar even to knitters who have knit for charity in the past. They include:
- Binky Patrol
- Children in Common
- Christmas at Sea
- Newborns in Need
- Operation Helmetliner
- Phillip's Wish
- Project Linus
- Santa Train
- Snuggles Project
- Warm Up America
- Warm Woolies
The book also suggests local knitting charity projects such as knitting or donating supplies to people in prison, knitting chemotherapy caps and knitting for people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Now that you know some places that can use your knitting, what should you knit? The book has that covered as well, with 18 different patterns ranging from hats to sweaters, blankets to socks.
Most of the patterns are easy, with two ranking as intermediate and three and easy plus, with the rest being beginner or easy skill levels. There are patterns for men, women, children and pets.
The projects use a lot of easy stitch patterns such as ribbing, basic cables and textured stitches to make them a little more interesting. All the designs incorporate basic shapes that will look nice on a variety of people, and many of the patterns have a range of sizes from children through adults.
If you're a fan of knitting for charity and are looking for some different places and different patterns to try, this is a great little book. Or if you're new to the idea of charity knitting and aren't sure where to start, this book offers a lot of options both for basic knitting projects and organizations that have a lot of need.
Publication date: September 2009./p=